Somali pirates seized an Iranian cargo ship and its 23-strong crew off the Hoarafush Island in the Indian Ocean. The island is part of the Maldives.
A spokesman for the Maldivian National Defense Force said the authorities were coordinating their response with the navy of the neighboring India. At least 40 vessels and more than 400 hostages were still being held in or just off Somalia at the end of last year.
Source: AFP, 26 March 2012